Monday 10 February 2014 

Video - Dhoni Admits Risk-Taking Policy Backfired

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admits that his side's decision to play 'risky cricket' during the first Test in Auckland was a factor in them losing to New Zealand by 40 runs.

They were bowled out for 366 on the fourth day after being set 407 to win but were only able to muster 202 in their first innings.

Dhoni says that playing aggressively in the final innings had got them close to the target, but eventually it proved to be their downfall.

He added that had they been perhaps 20 runs closer to their target when key wickets, including his own fell, then they would have changed their tactics.

"We got quite a few runs but we needed more in the sense maybe 20 runs more and then we could have changed gears because, you know, it's always easy to say once the wicket fell, you know, maybe that was one shot too many.

"But, you know, we got close to the target because of that period, you know, that what, maybe five to seven over period where we got quick runs and it was important also to put the opposition under a bit of pressure because those 25 runs, if (Ravindra) Jadeja won't have got out, those 25 runs if you subtract the opposition, you know, they feel the pressure, the reason being they have to get us out but at the same time they don't want to give away too many boundaries.

"That was the thinking behind it and to some extent it paid off but...if you're playing risky cricket at times you may get out and that's what really happened.

"But if we had got 20 more runs, you know, we would have changed gears," he added.

The second Test begins at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday 14th February.

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